Re: Channeling Your Inner Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich Susan Calman

Marlene Dietrich and Susan Calman. Photograph: Phil Fisk/The Observer and Getty. Printed in the Guardian 4/24/16.

Recovering lawyer-turned-comedian Susan Calman penned this great article in the Guardian on how Marlene Dietrich inspired her to start dressing in menswear. It’s a story about how fashion reflects our inner selves and how we have to embrace who we are in order to find our style.

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Re: Halloween in the Time of the Cholera

Plague Doctor Wikipedia

Illustration of a plague doctor (Wikipedia). Plague doctors were physicians hired by towns to attend victims of the bubonic plague. The distinctive costume was the first hazmat suit.

Halloween is all about dressing up as the things that scare us. So, if it’s okay to dress up as the Grim Reaper or a zombie, is it okay to dress up as the latest virus outbreak du jour? National Public Radio has an interesting discussion about the ethics of dressing up as an Ebola health care worker here.

Re: What’s Up, Doc?

Uploaded for your viewing pleasure, here’s something that I didn’t think I would see again (bless you, YouTube): Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “Bugs’ Bonnets”. Briefly, as a truckload of hats blows around, Bugs and Elmer take on the personalities of the different chapeaus. It’s played for laughs, of course, but the underlying theme is about clothing affects both others’ perceptions of us and our perceptions of ourselves. Enjoy!